Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 11 . . .
 

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).


Brownstein teaches elementary school in Chicago’s inner city, studies authentic African instruments with his students, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators and the state of Illinois Title 1 Convention, and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.

After the Moon Fills Itself with Milk

     by Michael H. Brownstein



the lightning bug tree
in the middle of the grove


the sand break
in the middle of the river


the blackened angel cloud
in the middle of the noon sky


the stone and red leaf,
the driftwood and oyster puddle


the cold rain of winter,
a brown bear waking to the snow


a track along the ice
in the middle of the storm


December, the drought ending,
rain washed trees bleeding their color


and one quarried house
at the edge of the great swamp of snow










© 2008 Michael H. Brownstein